Shrewsbury Hydro CIC is a community interest company which has been set up to build a hydroelectric scheme alongside a new fish pass by the weir in Shrewsbury.
Planning permission and the environmental permissions for the project were obtained in 2015 and the project was then pre-accredited under the government’s feed-in tariff scheme. In 2016, permission was obtained for a new fish pass to replace the existing one and agreement in principle was reached to lease the small, three-eighth of an acre of Council land alongside the weir required to build the hydro scheme and the new fish pass.
A hydroelectric scheme alongside the weir should generate on average between 1.5 and 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year and save up to 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere each year compared to generating the same amount of electricity from a conventional power station. Building the hydro scheme would also improve fish migration.
The government’s feed-in tariff scheme to encourage the generation of electricity from renewable sources like the River Severn has been reduced in size but remains in place until 2021 and it will be necessary to ensure that the Shrewsbury Hydro scheme is completed and generating electricity before that date.
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